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September 12, 2021

Hello Karin,

Our next CCA Advocacy Committee Meeting is on Monday, September 13th from 9:30AM to 11:30AM. The Zoom link for the meeting is below.

Jennifer Horn, MSW - Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments will be talking to our group first. We will also be introducing you to our new Executive Assistant to the CCA Advocacy Committee - Olivia Hart, and we will be reviewing ideas for advocacy topic research. Bring your questions! Find more details in the agenda.

View our Meeting Agenda - CLICK HERE

Link to our CCA Advocacy Subgroups - CLICK HERE

Zoom Logon Information for Monday's Meeting

You will get the most out of our meetings if you can logon using a computer compared to calling in with a phone.

Link above should be all you need, but just in case:

Meeting ID: 881 481 5119

Passcode: CSL2020!

One tap mobile

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Meeting ID: 881 481 5119

Passcode: 24533218

A Reminder

Please reach out to the members in your Advocacy Subgroup and schedule time to meet. We want to hear from your group at upcoming CCA Advocacy Committee meetings.

We still need Advocacy Subgroup

Team Leads for these Topics:

  • Caregiving
  • Financial Security
  • Food Nutrition
  • Pain Treatment Substance Abuse

Consider stepping forward as a Team Lead or if you are not part of an Advocacy Subgroup, sign up today. If you have background in an advocacy topic great, or if you don't - that is okay. We will train you.

Have questions about an advocacy topic?


Jeanette Hensley - email - 303-249-5598

Co-Chair of CCA Advocacy Committee

Rich Mauro - email - Direct: 303-480-6778

Co-Chair of CCA Advocacy Committee and Senior Policy and Legislative Analyst Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG)

Olivia Hart - email

Executive Assistant to CCA Advocacy Committee

Advocacy Subgroup Resources

Below are articles and resources that are relevant to our Advocacy Subgroups' research.

Congregate Care Facilities

Why the Cost of Long-Term Care Is Out of Reach for the Middle Class

"The cost of aging in America, specifically for middle-income earners, has been spiraling out of control for years. But as the first boomers reach 75 this year, the financial reality of long-term care needs are moving front and center ..." - READ MORE


Prescription Drugs

Saving Money on Prescriptions

Prescription drugs are the leading contributor to rising health care costs. This affordability impact has a direct impact on patients. In fact, 1 in 3 Coloradans either cannot fill a prescription, cut pills in half, or skip doses because of the cost. The Prescriber Tool helps employers and Coloradans save money on healthcare by empowering providers with information on prescription drug costs and affordable alternatives - LEARN MORE

Affordable Health Care for Coloradans

The Department of Health Care Policy & Financing (the Department) provides health coverage to low income and disabled Coloradans through safety net programs like Health First Colorado (Colorado's Medicaid program) and the Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+). With the economic impact of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, the Department is covering more Coloradans than ever -- over 1.4 million, representing almost one in every four Coloradans. Given that, it is no surprise that the Department is projected to consume 29% of the State's general fund budget and 35% of total state funds (total funds include federal dollars) in the 2021-2022 fiscal year.


Tech and Older Adults

Senior Planet in Colorado has compiled a variety of resources to help introduce you to Senior Planet and find the best way to work together. Choose from our catalog

of award-winning lectures, workshops, and multi-week program series,

or create a custom solution for your community - LEARN MORE

Website: Colorado - Senior Planet

Raising the Voice of All Older Coloradans

The Colorado Center for Aging (formerly Colorado Senior Lobby) is committed to raising the voice of all older Coloradans throughout the state. Colorado Center for Aging (CCA) has formed an advisory group called the “Voices on Aging.” CCA’s “Voices on Aging Advisory Group” is working to develop a statewide network of local leaders and organizations that will provide a forum for dialogue, information exchange and power building of aging interests - LEARN MORE

CCA eNewsletter Archive

The CCA eNewsletters that go out on Sunday afternoons are archived on the CCA website. In particular, the September 5th CCA eNewsletter had resources for a variety of our advocacy research topics.

You can find all past newsletters at this link - CLICK HERE

Saturday Spotlight

Our Saturday Spotlight is a new feature where we are putting a spotlight on our CCA volunteers and projects. This week's Saturday Spotlight is on Jodi Waterhouse.

Colorado Center for Aging is always looking for volunteers. We recognize the value of diverse perspectives and experiences. Training is provided by CCA members and volunteers - LEARN MORE ABOUT VOLUNTEERING

Jodi Waterhouse Saturday Spotlight.png

Connect with us on Facebook - CLICK HERE

Events Around Colorado

Accountable Care Collaborative Program Improvement Advisory Committee

The Accountable Care Collaborative Program Improvement Advisory Committee (PIAC) is made up of stakeholders who provide guidance and make recommendations to help improve health, access, cost and satisfaction of members and providers in the Accountable Care Collaborative (ACC). These meetings are open to the public.


Office of Community Living Stakeholder Engagement Events

The Office of Community Living (OCL) is working on a variety of policy and rule changes related to its Home and Community Based Services waivers and programs. The engagement of clients and stakeholders throughout these changes is a critical part of this process. Use this link to look for upcoming meetings - LEARN MORE

September 15 & 16, 2021

2021 Colorado Health Innovation Summit

Church Ranch Event Center, 10200 Wadsworth Boulevard, Westminster, CO 80021

The Colorado Digital Health Innovation Summit advances health access, affordability, and equity through innovation and collaboration. Hosted annually in partnership with the Governor’s Office of eHealth Innovation, the Innovation Summit is Colorado’s largest digital health innovation gathering. This year’s Summit will be a two-day event Wednesday, September 15th & Thursday, September 16th, with virtual and in-person programming. Join us Thursday at the Church Ranch Event Center in Westminster, CO to recharge and discuss the inspiring work happening in the healthcare community and reconnect with friends and colleagues.

Register Today – CLICK HERE

Thursday, September 16, 2021 - 11:00AM - 1:00PM

Caring for the CareGiver

More and more adult children are taking on the responsibility of caregiving for their aging parents… oftentimes while they still have children of their own at home! Caring for aging parents can add another layer of stress that can be felt at both work and home. Understanding resources available for those in the so-called Sandwich Generation is vitally important! AgeWise Colorado and You Define Wellness are partnering together for this 2-hour event to discuss available technical and local resources plus self care support - LEARN MORE

Friday, September 17, 2021 - 9:00AM - 4:00PM

13th Annual Caregiver Conference – Best Practices in Dementia Care

Hybrid Event: Keystone Conference Center & Virtual Livestream Option

Teepa Snow, with A Positive Approach to Care, is a worldwide leading advocate and educator of dementia and other brain change. Join us for an interactive lecture and discussion for caregivers and professionals. This free event is offered in-person at the Keystone Conference Center or virtually from the comfort of your own home.


Wednesday, September 22, 2021 - 12:00PM

Social Infrastructure and the New Map of Life

Over the last several years, researchers at the Stanford Center on Longevity have been thinking through a New Map of Life that supports a longer lived society that is healthier, more productive and more equitable. September marks the release of the first report on the New Map of Life. Join Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), Chair of the Senate Aging Committee, Laura Carstensen, founding Director of the Stanford Center on Longevity, and other experts on September 22nd for a discussion of social infrastructure and the investments and policies beginning in early childhood that can contribute to a better, more robust life course


September 23 - November 18, 2021

Fall 2021 Webinar Series “Emotional and Mental Health in Older Adults”

CU Anschutz Multidisciplinary Center on Aging and the UCCS Aging Center host the Fall 2021 Webinar Series "Emotional and Mental Health in Older Adults" to begin Thursday, September 23, 2pm - 3pm MTN. The Fall Series Theme is “Healthy Me, Healthy You!” and will feature six topics related to keeping yourself healthy and physically active in turn creates healthy emotional and mental health as we age. The series is offered on Thursdays, 2-3pm MTN, September 23rd - November 18th - LEARN MORE

If you are not a member of

Colorado Center for Aging - Join Today!*

Join as an Individual
Join as a Supporting Organization

Colorado Center for Aging is a 501c3 non-profit organization,

born out of the roots of Colorado Senior Lobby (CSL) - LEARN MORE

*If you paid for a 2021 membership in Colorado Senior Lobby,

you are automatically a member of Colorado Center for Aging for 2021.

Save the dates for our Summer-Fall

CCA Advocacy Committee Meetings

We will meet twice a month, on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month through December. Please put these dates in your calendars. We will continue to send out our eNewsletter on Sunday afternoons.

Monday, September 13th - CCA Advocacy Committee

Monday, September 27th - CCA Advocacy Committee

Monday, October 11th - CCA Advocacy Committee

Monday, October 25th - CCA Advocacy Committee

Monday, November 8th - CCA Advocacy Committee

Monday, November 22nd - CCA Advocacy Committee 

Monday, December 13th - CCA Advocacy Committee

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